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During the spring, when the wild flowers are out, they make wonderful nature walks; even now, in December, the mountain scenery and the colours of the landscape, enhanced by the clear winter light, are enough to delight. In the barranco, Aires de Las Negras, which runs below our house all the way up to Las Hortichuelas Altas, the leaves on the fig trees are changing colour, creating an autumnal mood. Photos taken on Friday.
On Friday, we walked up the Barranco de las Agüillas which leads inland from the edge of the village, starting at the junction with the cliff path to San Pedro.
Here again fig trees line the rambla.
This evergreen oak is all that is standing in the fields of this abandoned farm.
There are many ruins of old farmhouses along this walk. Sometimes only the arch, which would have been in the centre of the main living area, remains standing.
Yesterday we walked up the Barranco de Las Negras. This branches up to the left at the bottom of the Barranco de Las Agüillas.
This south-facing cortijo, overlooking the bottom of the barranco, has one of the best locations in Las Negras.
The Barranco de Las Negras is the only one with water permanently trickling down it.
Because of the plentiful water supply, the vegetation at the bottom is quite lush and much greener than the other barrancos.
Tall grasses, cane and almond trees were flourishing here.
We went as far as this spot where we were looking down on an old cortijo which could only be reached by this track. It did not appear to be occupied, but there were signs that it had been squatted in, probably by hippies in the summer.
This afternoon, the clouds broke up and we decided to take a walk in El Valle de Rodalquilar and took the track to Cala del Carnaje.
By the side of the track, this rumex bush in flower looked striking against the colours of the rock exposed in a little quarry.
On our left, the sunlit, white buildings of Cortijo Segura stood out against the backdrop of threatening grey clouds.
Crooked, old olive trees beside the path form interesting shapes against the mountains and sky.
Over a ridge the sea and Cala del Carnaje come into view.
Behind the stony beach the only trees growing are these two palms.
At the end of the beach the twin peaks of the extinct volcano above Los Escullos come into view. They always make a dramatic picture looking into the light. The photos today were taken with my little compact camera which seems to have coped well with the tricky light.
On Friday, we walked through the palm groves near La Isleta and down to Cala de Los Toros.
It was bright and breezy and the views of the coast were dramatic.
Down at Los Toros, the sea was rough and the little beach deserted, but we found a sheltered corner for our picnic lunch.
Yesterday, we walked from Playa Monsul to Playa Media Luna, back to Monsul, then over the cliffs to the first of the Calas de Barronal.
The sun made an effort to come out and there were blue skies above us but a blanket of cloud covered the sea. The cooler weather was perfect for walking, though.
The rock formations and geology at the first Calas de Barronal are fascinating.
This was the first time we have walked to this beach. The access is hidden and quite tricky but we will return there as it must be idyllic on a hot, sunny day.
Today has been the worst day of the week with persistent cloud. We decided to try an inland walk. We parked on the coast road before La Isleta and walked up the Barranco del Negro. It was a steep and difficult climb which led us up to over 400 metres to where there is an abandoned farm, Cortijo de la Rellana. I did not take my heavy DSLR camera but took a couple of photos with a little compact camera.
It took us an hour and half but the views were quite spectacular, despite the poor weather. It must be a lovely walk in the spring when the wild flowers are out and the countryside green and fresh.
Yesterday afternoon, we decided to check it out and were right. We came across a massive film set. We could not get nearer the set as this was further up the hillside and filming appeared to have finished for the day.
Today, we thought we would take another look and approached the location on foot along the path – one of our favourite botanical walks – above Cortijo del Fraile. We met some other wakers, a British couple who are here for two months enjoying the wonderful walks and scenery of the Parque Natural.
When we arrived at the mines, we were disappointed to find them deserted. Just a few signs indicated that they had been filming there.
Reading the local paper this evening, we have been informed that they have stopped filming for a couple of days due to rain being forecast for this afternoon and tomorrow. Perhaps the stars will return with the sun on Friday, or filming here may have been completed. Nevertheless, we and our dogs enjoyed our walk and the scenery.
Planta Denver is the ruins of the processing works of the old gold mines of Rodalquilar.
I was driving around the tracks behind Rodalquilar looking for locations where they may be filming some scenes from Exodus in the next few days. I think I may have found a couple of locations and hope to get some shots when they have built the sets later.
The colours of the sky, ruins and mountainside were intense, the morning light pin sharp and the shadows of the low sun added drama.
On the coast the colours and light were equally spectacular.
Here are a couple of photos taken this afternoon.
This beach is situated between the better known beaches Genoveses and Monsul. There is a parking area alongside the coastal camino and a track leads through the dunes and agave to the beach.
After the holiday weekend last week it is now very quiet in the Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata and very few people were out today.
The beach was almost deserted but although there was a fresh breeze it was still warm and sunny.
The impressive, volcanic, cliffs, large expanse of fine, soft sand and the beautiful light here make Playa del Barronal well worth a visit.
We find Julio’s rather bizarre taste and collection of unusual bits and pieces interesting and amusing.
In this corner he displayed part of his Moroccan collection
Usually on the bar counter we find he has placed something erotic and silly.
El Brindi is not only worth a visit to see Julio’s collection but also for his partner, Miguel’s delicios tapas and negritos.
The warm, sunny weather is continuing.
Here are some photos from the coast taken this week.